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If you've recently lost someone and have no idea where to start, use this checklist to make sure every detail is considered.
There is plenty of confusion and trauma that occurs immediately after a death. In all the chaos, it's important to select the funeral home or organization that will be handling the care of your loved one.
You will need multiple true copies of the death certificate in order to go about planning the funeral. The executor particularly will need extras, so it is wise to be proactive in ordering a few. There will be a fee to order these, but it is typically less than $50 a copy.
It's important to quickly determine who the deceased appointed as executor of their estate. This person will act on behalf of the deceased person, making decisions on their behalf in accordance with the will.
This person can set up estate bank accounts in the deceased person's name. They are responsible for planning the funeral, paying final bills, filing the final tax returns, and distributing assets once the estate is settled.
Family members and close friends should be notified of the death soon after it occurs. While you don't need to feel pressure to notify everyone right away, the people closest to the deceased should know within 24 hours, if possible.
Whether your loved one is being cared for in a funeral home, crematory or other organization, it's time to visit or call to arrange the details. During this visit, you will make decisions about the handling and final resting destination of your loved one.
Once there is a funeral date, and all of the people closest to the deceased have been properly notified of the death, it is time to place the obituary notice.
The obituary notice acts as the final record of a person's life. It will last forever in archives, libraries and online as part of the public record. A basic death notice will list the birth and death date, milestones and funeral service arrangements. A detailed obituary will explore the unique character of the deceased, and tell the full, enduring life story.
These are just a few of the things you need to handle directly after a death has occurred.
It is not an exhaustive list. Once you begin, other necessary tasks will present themselves. Time is of the essence, but it's important to take some time to process your grief. If possible, take time off work to focus on making arrangements. You can also delegate responsibilities that do not require you to be present in person.
By following this checklist, you should be able to arrange a funeral service that does the life of your loved one justice, with less stress to you and your family.
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